To call Anthony Bourdain a “celebrity chef” is a bit off the mark. Sure, he paid his dues and ended up at a pretty high-profile gig running the kitchen at Les Halles in New York City, but it wasn’t until his 2000 expose Kitchen Confidential, that he started to enter the public consciousness.

And he hasn’t stepped away since, riding his reputation as a maverick outsider in the world of food and restaurants to several more books, both fiction and non-fiction, a couple of TV series, A Cook’s Tour, and No Reservations, which airs on the Travel Channel, as well as lucrative speaking and guest-hosting gigs on shows like Bravo’s Top Chef.

Having made his name as an outsider looking in on the foodie culture that has sprung up in America, he’s never been one to shy away from biting the hand that feeds him, as he’s often done by berating Food Network fixtures such as Emeril, Guy Fieri, Rachel Ray, and, most recently Paula Deen.

Bourdain took his criticisms of the home-spun matron to TV Guide of all places, where he opined:

She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she's proud of the fact that her food is ... bad for you. ... Plus, her food sucks.” Deen was caught off guard by the comments, claiming that she has never met Bourdain, and serves a different demographic than he does.

This coming from a man who regularly espouses the virtue of the French staples of cheese, butter, wine, occasionally tossing delicacies such as fatty bone marrow and foie gras into the mix.

As of press time, Deen had fired back to Page Six:

Anthony Bourdain needs to get a life. You don't have to like my food, or Rachael's, Sandra's and Guy's. But it's another thing to attack our character.

She’s got a point.

It’s just in his nature to snipe his former channel-mates today as he’s done many times before, so let’s see where Bourdain’s barbs have taken him in the past and establish a trend.

Emeril Lagasse

Emeril was the first celebrity chef to feel the wrath of Bourdain, drawing his ire before Bourdain had even made a name for himself. In Kitchen Confidential, Bouradin refers to Emeril as an “Ewok,” which is true from a physical standpoint, but sort of mean nonetheless. He also referred to him as a “hack,” which is pretty much definitively untrue, in that Emeril was able to pave the way for a man like Bourdain, creating a food-conscious audience to which Bourdain could speak, for better or worse.

Bourdain has since stepped away from his vitriolic comments, claiming that Emeril was always in on the joke and that he has never wished anything but the best for the diminutive cook. Speaking to TV Guide, Bourdain offered this conciliatory statement.

Since the very beginning, Emeril's had a sense of humor about me calling him names and poking fun at him. Unlike Rachael and unlike a lot of these guys, Emeril's a professional who came up in the business the hard way. You don't make it in the restaurant business to the degree he's made it by having a thin skin. He's been very gracious and funny to me since the beginning.

I think he deserves a lot better. The last thing I guess you should expect from a television network is to be grateful. But it seems to me that if anyone has earned that, it's him. I love Mario [Batali's] shows on the Food Network, too, but he's gone as well. I don't know who's left standing.

Careful you don't fall over backpedaling like that, Tony.

Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri... did you ever see the Simpsons episode where it's decided that Itchy and Scratchy need a sidekick? So a committee gets together and they invent one called Poochie.... Guy Fieri kind of looks like he's been designed by committee.

Bourdain spilled this to TV Guide (apparently his favorite venting avenue). OK. That one’s hard not to like. I’ve also heard Guy Fieri referred to as a “human chili-cheese fry.” His criticism is more funny than it is scathing, but something tells me Bourdain would knock those Oakleys off the back of his head and sand off those flame tattoos if he was given the chance.

In fact, he said so in a different TV Guide interview when he offered simply:

I look at Guy Fieri and I just think, 'Jesus, I'm glad that's not me.

Still…Guy Fieri is totally Poochie.

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Rachel Ray

She's got a magazine, a TV empire, all these best-selling books - I'm guessing she's not hurting for money. She's hugely influential, particularly with children. And she's endorsing Dunkin' Donuts. It's like endorsing crack for kids ... That's evil!

Those were Bourdain’s comment in 2009 regarding the then-ubiquitous Rachel Ray. Despite priding himself on being an everyman, Bourdain sure does have a flair for the dramatic. It’s probably what makes him a good writer and a less-good outspoken critic.

The fact that Rachel Ray shares Bourdain’s offbeat sensibilities when it comes to music does no good, either. In 2009, when Ray announced the lineup for her annual SXSW BBQ, Bourdain reacted to the inclusion of one of his favorite bands, the seminal punk act The New York Dolls.

"On a completely off-subject note, I read something really disturbing while leafing through a magazine in my most recent airport," Bourdain scribed in a note entitled "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away?" "Rachael Ray, it appears, when booking acts for her South By Southwest indie rock-meets-Sloppy Joes fest, invited the New York Dolls to perform. THE NEW YORK DOLLS!! It is an article of faith with me that the Dolls were one of the greatest, most important, criminally neglected, wildly influential bands in the history of well ... the freakin' UNIVERSE!!"

Sorry that your band wants to play Rachel Ray’s party. I guess that’s her fault somehow. I was there and the food and music were great. I now have an irrational crush on Ray because of her SXSW BBQ’s.

Sandra Lee

Sandra Lee is the host of Semi-Homemade, a pretty bizarre show in which she helps people feel better by mashing a bunch of processed foods together and calling it “semi-homemade.”  Unsurprisingly, Bourdain takes some issue with this method of “cooking.”

Pure evil. This frightening Hell Spawn of Kathie Lee and Betty Crocker seems on a mission to kill her fans, one meal at a time. She Must Be Stopped. Her death-dealing can-opening ways will cut a swath of destruction through the world if not contained. I would likely be arrested if I suggested on television that any children watching should promptly go to a wooded area with a gun and harm themselves. What’s the difference between that and Sandra suggesting we fill our mouths with Ritz Crackers, jam a can of Cheez Wiz in after and press hard? None that I can see.

Pretty crippling indictment. I’m sure if anyone ever interviewed Sandra Lee, she’d have some pretty sharp words in return. But alas.

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So, those are the high points of Mr. Bourdain’s constructive criticisms of his culinary cohorts. Some mean, some funny, some wrong, some right. What does it all mean? Not too much, other than the Next Food Network Star best be devlopin’ some bulldog skin.